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Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

The American Lung Association's massive State of the Air report for 2014 is out, with the organization grading places all over the country in terms of air pollution, including Colorado.

Ozone-pollution figures for fourteen Colorado counties were available, and the ALA's judgments are harsh: Eight of the counties get grades of "D" or "F," with only two earning an "A." We ranked the photo-illustrated results, using data in other categories as tiebreakers and giving extra credit for providing data even if the scores are iffy. Count them down below.

Number 9: Jefferson County

Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best
Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

Number 8: Weld County

Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best
Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

Number 7 (tie): Douglas County

Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best
Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

Continue to keep counting down the (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades of nine Colorado counties.

 

Number 7 (tie): Arapahoe County

Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best
Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

Number 6 (tie): Denver County

Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best
Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

Number 6 (tie): Boulder County

Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best
Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

Continue to keep counting down the (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades of nine Colorado counties.

 

Number 6 (tie): Adams County

Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best
Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

Number 5 (tie): El Paso County

Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best
Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

Number 5 (tie): La Plata County

Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best
Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

Continue to keep counting down the (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades of nine Colorado counties.

 

Number 4: Rio Blanco County

Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best
Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

Number 3 (tie): Gunnison County

Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best
Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

Number 3 (tie): Garfield County

Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best
Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

Continue to keep counting down the (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades of nine Colorado counties.

 

Number 2: Pitkin County

Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best
Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

Number 1: Mesa County

Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best
Photos: 14 Colorado counties' (mostly lousy) ozone pollution grades from worst to best

Here's the complete State of the Air 2014 report.

American Lung Association State of the Air 2014 Report

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